Annual General Meeting and Invitation for the Election of Committee Roles

The AGM of the Geographies of Children, Youth & Families Research Group (GCYFRG) of the RGS-IBG will be at the Annual Conference in Cardiff on Thursday 30th August at 13.10-14.25.  All are welcome!  Please do get in touch if you would like to attend our AGM but are not a registered conference delegate, as some guest passes can be issued for those wishing to attend.

Ahead of our AGM, we now have an open invitation for the election of two named committee roles – Chair and Education Officer – as the current post holders complete their terms.  These positions are both three-year appointments in the first instance, with the possibility of standing for a further three years at the end of that term.  Short role descriptions are below to advise potential candidates, but both current post holders (Sarah Mills – Chair ; John McKendrick – Education Officer are happy to receive questions or informally discuss the roles. Please note, for the position of Chair, nominees must be Fellows of the RGS-IBG and further details are available on the website re: membership.

Nominations for election must be made in writing (e-mail), to the current Secretary (Catherine Walker – with details of two nominators, whose nominations we will verify in advance, should you or they not be able to attend the AGM. Nominators need not be Fellows of the RGS-IBG or be existing members of the GCYFRG committee.  Nominations must be made by Friday 17th August 2018.  Any questions, please do get in touch.

We are also advertising for a new Postgraduate Liaison Officer for 2018/9.  These are usually one year posts, and our thanks to Rachel Searcy for her contributions during 2017/8.  A second officer is being appointed to join Amy Mulvenna who will stand for a second and final term in 2018/9.  We welcome invitations via the same route as above, and all nominations must be made by the same deadline – Friday 17th August.  These post-holders need not be RGS Postgraduate Fellows.  Again, any questions, please do get in touch.

Short Role Descriptions
Chair of GCYFRG

  • Chairing the AGM and working with the Research Group Secretary to produce meeting agendas, agree minutes, and communicate effectively with the RGS-IBG, GCYFRG committee, and membership
  • Contributing to the Annual Report and other central RGS-IBG processes as required, including co-ordinating Research Group nominations to RGS-IBG calls i.e. REF panel nominations, Medals & Awards
  • A central point of contact for GCYFRG committee members and assisting relevant personnel with initiatives, events and activities as needed (i.e. co-organising workshops; co-writing research group grant applications)
  • Attending Research Group Committee meetings and other associated events at the RGS-IBG offices (2-3 times per year)
  • Ensuring the Research Group complies with GDPR regulations as advised by the RGS-IBG
  • Having (light touch) oversight of the Research Group’s activities e.g. sponsorship of RGS-IBG annual conference sessions, guest pass applications

Education Officer
The role of Education Officer is to develop GCYFRG’s burgeoning interest in research-informed teaching and teaching related activities.  The post is relatively flexible as activities are led by the interests of the post-holder and the Research Group membership. However, the main responsibilities are likely to be:

  • Keeping the research group membership updated with developments and opportunities for teaching on GCYF
  • Liaising with other committee members about the education-related interests of the RG membership and proposing/organising workshops and training in response to these interests
  • Encouraging the involvement of undergraduate and postgraduate members in RG activities

Postgraduate Liaison Officer

  • This role involves liaison with the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum, as well as working with the wider GCYFRG Committee to develop opportunities and resources that support postgraduate students and research
  • Along with all the GCYFRG committee, our postgraduate members are invited to mark an undergraduate dissertation as part of our annual prize
  • Our officers are encouraged to introduce new initiatives i.e. in the past these have included twitter hour reading discussions; workshops; panels at IBG conference etc.
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